How to Install Grav on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Grav on Your Synology NAS

Grav is a modern open source flat-file CMS. You can easily create your own website from home like you do with WordPress or Ghost. Grav is fast and flexible. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Grav on your Synology NAS using Docker.

💡Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Grav 1.7.43 release.

💡Note: Check out my new guide on how to Install Grav Using Portainer.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Container Manager via Synology “Package Center”. If you run an older DSM version (under 7.2), search for Docker instead of Container Manager.

Download Container Manager Synology Docker

  • STEP 3

Make sure you have a synology.me Wildcard Certificate. Follow my guide to get a Wildcard Certificate. If you already have a synology.me Wildcard certificate, skip this STEP.

  • STEP 4

Go to Control Panel / Login Portal / Advanced Tab / click Reverse Proxy. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Grav Synology NAS Set up 1 new 2023

  • STEP 5

Now click the “Create” button. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Grav Synology NAS Set up 2 new 2023

  • STEP 6

After you click the Create button, the window below will open. Follow the instructions in the image below.

On the General area, set the Reverse Proxy Name description: type in Grav. After that, add the following instructions:

Source:
Protocol: HTTPS
Hostname: grav.yourname.synology.me
Port: 443

Check Enable HSTS

Destination:
Protocol: HTTP
Hostname: localhost
Port: 4550

Grav Synology NAS Set up 3 new 2023

  • STEP 7

On the Reverse Proxy Rules click the Custom Header tab. Click Create and then, from the drop-down menu, click WebSocket. After you click on WebSocket, two Header Names and two Values will be automatically added. Click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Proxy WebSocket

  • STEP 8

Go to Control Panel / Network / Connectivity tab/ Check Enable HTTP/2 then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Grav Synology NAS Set up 4 new 2023

  • STEP 9

Go to Control Panel / Security / Advanced tab/ Check Enable HTTP Compression then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Grav Synology NAS Set up 5 new 2023

  • STEP 10

Go to File Station and open the docker folder. Inside the docker folder, create one new folder and name it grav. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Grav Synology NAS Set up 6 new 2023

  • STEP 11

Go to Control Panel / Task Scheduler / Create / Scheduled Task / User-defined script. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Grav Synology NAS Set up 7 new 2023

  • STEP 12

Once you click on User-defined script, a new window will open. Follow the instructions below:

  1. General: In the Task field type in “Install Grav“. Uncheck the “Enabled” option. Select root User.
  2. Schedule: Select Run on the following date then select “Do not repeat“.
  3. Task Settings: Check “Send run details by email“, add your email then copy paste the code below in the Run command area. After that, click OK.
docker run -d --name=grav \
-p 4550:80 \
-e PUID=1026 \
-e PGID=100 \
-e TZ=Europe/Bucharest \
-v /volume1/docker/grav:/config \
--restart always \
ghcr.io/linuxserver/grav

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area below, change the value numbers for PUID and PGID with your own values. (Follow my step by step guide on how to do this.)
Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area below, change the value for TZ. (Select your current Time Zone from this list.)

Grav Synology NAS Set up 8 new 2023

  • STEP 13

After you click OK on STEP 12 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.

Grav Synology NAS Set up 4 new

After you click OK, type in your DSM Password then click Submit. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Synology Task Scheduler Confirm Admin Password

  • STEP 14

After you click Submit on STEP 13, select your “Install Grav” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Grav – click OK. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Grav Synology NAS Set up 10 new 2024

  • STEP 15

Go back to STEP 1 or you will deal with karma 🙂

  • STEP 16

Now open your browser and type in your HTTPS/SSL certificate like this https://grav.yourname.synology.me In my case it’s https://grav.mariushosting.synology.me If everything goes right, you will see the Grav main page. Type in your own Details then click Create User. Note: The Username should be between 3 and 16 characters, include lowercase letters, numbers, underscores and hyphens. Attention: Uppercase letters, spaces, and special characters are not allowed for the Username. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Grav Synology NAS Set up 11 new 2023

  • STEP 17

Your Grav dashboard at a glance!

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  • STEP 18

Publish your first page!

Grav Synology NAS Set up 13 new 2023

Enjoy your Grav!

Note: Your live website will be at https://grav.yourname.synology.me and your administrator dashboard will be at https://grav.yourname.synology.me/admin

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: Find out how to update the Grav container with the latest image.
Note: How to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.
Note: You can also install Grav on your Synology NAS without Docker.
Note: How to Schedule Start & Stop For Docker Containers.
Note: How to Activate Email Notifications.
Note: How to Add Access Control Profile on Your NAS.
Note: How to Change Docker Containers Restart Policy.
Note: How to Use Docker Containers With VPN.
Note: Convert Docker Run Into Docker Compose.
Note: How to Clean Docker.
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Note: Some Docker Containers Need WebSocket.
Note: Find out the Best NAS Models For Docker.
Note: Activate Gmail SMTP For Docker Containers.

This post was updated on Saturday / November 18th, 2023 at 9:47 PM